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The podcast where we wonder together about the story of God. We Wonder is a contemplative devotional for children.

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The podcast where we wonder together about the story of God. We Wonder is a contemplative devotional for children.

    Whoever Has Ears Should Listen - Thursday, Mark 4:1-12

    Whoever Has Ears Should Listen - Thursday, Mark 4:1-12

    Welcome back to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me," and during Lent we are following Jesus all the way through the gospel of Mark. Today we are beginning Mark chapter 4: Jesus tells a story about a very careless farmer.
    📖 Read:
    Mark 4:1-12 (NIRV)
    ❔Wonder:
    Can I picture myself hearing this story along with the rest of the crowd at the Sea of Galilee? Where am I? Am I sitting on some sand, warm beneath me? Or maybe I am trying to get comfortable on a rocky patch as I strain to hear Jesus? Does the breeze help me hear his voice, as he is speaking from the boat? Can I feel it on my face? Can I see Jesus, the boat softly rocking on the waves?
    In Jesus' time, farmers scattered their seeds in their fields by hand. They took handfuls of seed, and sprinkled them in the the soil they had plowed. I wonder why this farmer isn't being careful about where he scatters his seed?
    Can I imagine the seeds landing on the smooth path? How could they ever get covered up and grow?
    Can I see the seeds that land in the rocky places? How could their roots ever grow deep and strong in such broken and hard soil?
    Have I ever seen a plant that is trying to grow up surrounded by thorny bushes or vines? How could it ever get enough sunlight and space to grow?
    Now, can I picture a field full of wheat, grown up from tiny seeds but now big enough to feed hundreds of people?
    I wonder why Jesus said, "whoever has ears should listen"? I have ears, but do I always really listen with them?
    Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now?
    Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close?
    🙏🏾 Pray:
    Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deed. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

    💌 Keep in touch!

    You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wewonderpod for updates throughout the season, or you can shoot me an email at sarah@wewonderpod.com Thanks so much for listening, and I'll see you tomorrow!

    • 10 min
    Here Is My Mother! Here Are My Brothers! - Wednesday, Mark 3:22-35

    Here Is My Mother! Here Are My Brothers! - Wednesday, Mark 3:22-35

    Welcome back to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me," and during Lent we are following Jesus all the way through the gospel of Mark. Today we are still in the 3rd chapter of Mark's book: is Jesus filled with an evil spirit, or the Holy Spirit of God? And who are his mother and brothers, anyway?
    📖 Read:
    Mark 3:22-35 (NIRV)
    ❔Wonder:
    Big crowds keep following Jesus wherever he goes. They want to come close to him. But some people don't seem to understand why. Yesterday, we heard about Jesus's family saying that Jesus was out of his mind. And today, the teachers of the law are saying that he must be filled with an evil spirit. I wonder why people saw such different things when they looked at Jesus?
    I wonder why the teachers of the law thought Jesus was filled with an evil spirit instead of God's Holy Spirit? I wonder why they thought the work he was doing was the work an evil spirit would do?
    I wonder why Jesus tells them they are speaking wrong words against God's Holy Spirit?
    I wonder why Jesus' mother and brothers came to get him? How would I feel if my brother or my son was doing and saying the things that Jesus was? What would I do, if Jesus was my brother, or my son?
    Can I imagine sitting in the crowd that is circled with Jesus? What does Jesus's face look like to me, as he looks around at all of us? How do I feel when he calls me his mother, or sister, or brother?
    Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now?
    Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close?
    🙏🏾 Pray:
    Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deed. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

    💌 Keep in touch!

    You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wewonderpod for updates throughout the season, or you can shoot me an email at sarah@wewonderpod.com Thanks so much for listening, and I'll see you tomorrow!

    • 9 min
    Many Came To Him - Tuesday, Mark 3:7-21

    Many Came To Him - Tuesday, Mark 3:7-21

    Welcome back to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me," and during Lent we are following Jesus all the way through the gospel of Mark. Today, we are right in the middle of Mark 3: Jesus is surrounded by crowds; he calls his disciples; and...is he out of his mind?
    📖 Read:
    Mark 3:7-21 (NIRV)
    ❔Wonder:
    I wonder how so many people, from so many different places, had heard about Jesus? I wonder what they hoped to see, or to hear, as they traveled to the Sea of Galilee to find him?
    I wonder, if I had heard the stories about the things Jesus was doing, if I would have left my home to go and see or hear him for myself? How would I feel about joining these crowds full of sick people, or people with evil spirits? Would I have been eager to see Jesus? Or would I have been curious, but more comfortable staying at home?
    Can I imagine being in the crowd on the shores of the Sea of Galilee as it pushed towards Jesus? How do I feel, as I am being jostled along? What do I see around me? What sounds do I hear? I wonder why each person who is bumping up against me wants to come close to Jesus?
    I wonder how each of the twelve followers felt when Jesus chose them to stay with him? Excited? Nervous about the job he would give them? Worried about their families at home? How would I feel, if I were joining Jesus up on that mountainside and he said, "Follow me?"
    Crowds keep following Jesus wherever he goes. I wonder what his family at home thought about this? I wonder why they said, "He is out of his mind"?
    Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now?
    Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close?
    🙏🏾 Pray:
    Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deed. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

    💌 Keep in touch!

    You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wewonderpod for updates throughout the season, or you can shoot me an email at sarah@wewonderpod.com Thanks so much for listening, and I'll see you tomorrow!

    • 10 min
    The Sabbath Day Was Made For Man - Monday, Mark 2:18 - 3:6

    The Sabbath Day Was Made For Man - Monday, Mark 2:18 - 3:6

    Welcome back to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me," and during Lent we are following Jesus all the way through the gospel of Mark. Today, in Mark chapters 2 and 3, Jesus says and does some surprising things on the Sabbath, which is a special day to rest.
    📖 Read:
    Mark 2:18 - 3:6 (NIRV)
    ❔Wonder:
    I wonder why the time was not right for Jesus's disciples to fast from food while they were all together, following him? I wonder how Jesus with his disciples was like a groom with his friends at a wedding?
    In those days, God's people followed the laws Moses gave about resting on the Sabbath. People prepared their food ahead of time, so they would not have to do any kind of work on the Sabbath day. I wonder what it was like to see the disciples walking through a field, plucking grain like farmers at work, while everyone else was resting as a way to obey God?
    I wonder why Jesus told the story of David and his men eating the holy bread that was supposed to belong to God? I wonder how the Pharisees felt, hearing Jesus compare himself to King David from long ago?
    Can I imagine being in the synagogue, where the man with the twisted and hurting hand had come on the Sabbath? Can I picture everyone looking at Jesus, wondering what will happen next? How does Jesus's face look to me, as he looks at the man and then turns towards the Pharisees? How does his voice sound?
    Do you know where the Sabbath laws came from? God told Moses that the people should rest on the seventh day, just like God rested after six days of creating the world. People could stop working and remember that all that we have comes from God, our creator, and not from our own efforts. The Sabbath day was so important because it reminded people to rest and depend on God. I wonder why Jesus made a point of breaking these Sabbath rules?
    I wonder what made the Pharisees so angry that they wanted to kill Jesus?
    Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now?
    Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close?
    🙏🏾 Pray:
    Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deed. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

    💌 Keep in touch!

    You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wewonderpod for updates throughout the season, or you can shoot me an email at sarah@wewonderpod.com Thanks so much for listening, and I'll see you tomorrow!

    • 12 min
    All The People Were Amazed - Sunday, Mark 2:1-17

    All The People Were Amazed - Sunday, Mark 2:1-17

    Welcome to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me," and during Lent we are following Jesus all the way through the gospel of Mark. Today we are at the beginning of Mark chapter 2, and Jesus is pretty clear about who he has come to find: sinners, sick people, and everyone in need of forgiveness.

    📖 Read:

    Mark 2:1-17 (NIRV) 

    ❔Wonder:

    I wonder what it was like to be in that crowded house in Capernaum? So many people were gathered that you couldn't even squeeze through the door! Can I picture myself in that crowd? What do I smell? What do I hear? Is someone pushed up against me? Can I see Jesus?

    I picture Jesus looking at the man lying on the mat, and at his friends who have lowered the man before him. I wonder what expression Jesus had on his face? I wonder how his voice sounded when he said, "Son, your sins are forgiven"?

    Can I imagine seeing the man who was lying in front of of Jesus stand up, take his mat, and walk away? How does watching this story play out make me feel?

    Levi was a tax collector. In those days, a tax collector was like a traitor: they helped the Roman soldiers who had taken over the land of Israel. People feared and disliked them, and they weren't allowed to come into the temple or come close to God. I wonder how Levi, the tax collector, felt when Jesus looked right at him and said, "Follow me"?

    I wonder how Jesus's friends felt, when Levi the tax collector came to join them as they followed Jesus?

    Now I picture Jesus at Levi's house, having dinner with all sorts of people you aren't supposed to come close to. How do I respond when I see Jesus sharing his meal with a crowd of people who broke God's ways?

    I wonder why Jesus says that he came not for good people, but for sinners? 

    Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now?

    Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close?

    🙏🏾 Pray:

    Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deed. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

    💌 Keep in touch!

    You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wewonderpod for updates throughout the season, or you can shoot me an email at sarah@wewonderpod.com Thanks so much for listening, and I'll see you tomorrow!

    • 11 min
    Jesus Healed Many Of Them - Saturday, Mark 1:29-45

    Jesus Healed Many Of Them - Saturday, Mark 1:29-45

    Welcome to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me," and during Lent we will follow him all the way through the gospel of Mark. Today we are finishing the first chapter of Mark's book, and already all sorts of people who are sick, hurting, or being hurt by evil spirits are coming to find Jesus for help.  

    📖 Read:

    Mark 1:29-45 (NIRV)

    ❔Wonder:

    Do any of Jesus's words or actions that I heard today comfort me, or make me feel good? Can I hold those words as a gift from God?

    Do any of Jesus's words or actions that I heard today upset me, or confuse me? Can I talk to God about that right now?

    I wonder how Peter's mother-in-law felt when the fever left her body?

    I wonder why people brought others who were sick, or who were being hurt by evil spirits, to the place where Jesus was staying? I wonder how they knew Jesus could help them?

    I wonder why Jesus got up early, and went to find a place where he could be alone and pray?

    When the man with the skin disease came to Jesus, Jesus was moved deep inside: he felt sad and sorry for the man all the way down in his belly. I wonder what his face looked like, as he gazed down at the man on his knees?

    I wonder why Jesus told the man not to tell anyone after he healed him?

    Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now?

    Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close?

    🙏🏾 Pray:

    Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deed. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

    💌 Keep in touch!

    You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wewonderpod for updates throughout the season, or you can shoot me an email at sarah@wewonderpod.com Thanks so much for listening, and I'll see you tomorrow!

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

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Great for Adults too!

I don’t have children and I am receiving much from this podcast for my Lenten Journey. Thanks for providing this workshop aid.

KateBrum ,

Wonderful for family/children’s worship

Thank you. I was looking for Lenten resources and this podcast is absolutely perfect. I plan on playing it for my children in the mornings. It’s done in the style we use for our church’s children’s worship with storytelling from scripture and then asking “I wonder” questions at the end putting the children in the story. I love the contemplative music and peaceful invitation into God‘s story.

a.j.b.number5 ,

Excellent Basics of Contemplative Prayer for Adults

I started listening during the Lenten series and already have been so blessed by this practice. I had started practicing the Examen but still was struggling in contemplative/Jesuit prayer without a lot of guidance.

I love how this practice breathes new life into familiar scriptures.

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